Drawn was invited by Colby and Patric to rethink the space and design solutions for the unique challenges that an unconventional space and business model require. The project’s goal was to create a space that would become not only a regular stop for Springfield residents, but also a draw for tourists to the region — all while supporting local small businesses and standing behind locally sourced food. PublicHouse would be this space.
Drawn’s new home is dubbed the Bard Building after an idea that I had 15 years ago, to bring a collective of solo creatives together in one building, where everyone leased small portions of a bigger space. The idea was to bring designers and photographers and writers together to do their individual businesses, but also to benefit from the shared creative environment.
When appreciation for the philosophy of design meets authentic, instinctive design thinking, good things happen. We believe that the best design is second nature and comes from truly embracing interdisciplinary thinking.
Learning something new — whether it’s how to speak Spanish or the language of design thinking — can be tough. You can think of us as a tutor to help you with the latter.
Human-centered design — a wholistic approach to problem-solving and design that allows room for empathic understanding and iterative prototyping — is really just good design. Period.
Asking the right questions in the right setting can have a huge impact on the quality of information that you collect.
Hunches happen. They can be used as a valuable decision-making tool and, at the very least, they're worth a quick assessment.
Engagement's about more than taps on a screen. Ideally, it's synonymous with meaningful experience(s) and human connection. Shifting perspective. Leaving an impression. And it's worth doing it right.
If you want to create a product or service or brand that people are drawn to, you have to give it room to mature. Because chasing for attention doesn't look good on anyone.
How an architectural design project led to another architectural design project that became a service design project and, eventually, a whole new product.